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If there’s one thing I have noticed while trying to get an invite to buy a One Plus One is that One Plus are going to make you work for it.

Recently they have been rolling out large batches of invites prior to their new pre-ordering system which has made it easier for a lot to get an invite, in fact this is how I have managed to get mine too. All you need to do is know what is going on and be prepared to drop what you are doing and dash to your computer. Keeping your phone on you at all times is essential.

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The following is a list of tools you will need in order to succeed, if you miss one out you risk missing one of One Plus’s clues. Bear in mind I am not an iPhone user so if you are you may need to tweak this plan for it to work effectively with your tech. Oh and congratulations on converting if you are moving away from iPhone!

You’ll need:

  • A smartphone or small 3g enabled tablet.
  • A Facebook account.
  • A Twitter account.
  • An Instagram account.
  • A Google Plus account.
  • RSS Junkie.
  • A One Plus account.
  • Space on your main home screen for 2 shortcuts.
  • A good dose of patience.

After researching One Plus’s social activity I noticed they drop hints for the odd invite here and there so I came up with a plan to best track their posting and make my tech work for me, after all it’s why I originally bought it. Use your apps and your phone/tablet to their full potential and allow them to alert you to a possible invite.

Firstly I went to the One Plus website and tracked down a list of their social accounts. You will find these either in the footer of the homepage or in the top right section of their blog. Open each social page, including their blog in a separate tab of your browser so you can work with each in turn. Now do the following:

  • One Plus Facebook page – Open this page and “Like” it. Once liked simply hover over the “Liked” button and select “Get Notifications”. Now make sure you have the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet, you are signed in and notifications are turned on.
  • One Plus Twitter page – Open this page and follow it. Now make sure you have the official Twitter app installed on your smartphone or tablet and you are signed in. Go back to the Twitter page on your computer and click the cog symbol to the left of where it now says “Following” – select “Turn on mobile notifications”. Lastly, go to your Twitter app, go to “Settings” > @youraccount > “Notifications” > “Tweets” > Make sure the box to the right of “Tweets” is ticked and that “@oneplus” is listed and ticked below.
  • One Plus Google Plus Page – Open this page. Hover over the “+ Follow” button at the top of their page and select “Create New Circle”. In the text box type a name, I called mine “One Plus”. Once you have added the page to your circles return to your main Google Plus stream and from the circles across the top select the newly created circle, if you have a lot of circles you may have to click “More” and select it from the drop down menu. When your new circle is displaying the content in front of you look in the top right section of the stream called “In this circle” and click the bell symbol, it will turn red and the word “On” will appear to its right. Now go to your smartphone/tablet and make sure the official Google plus app is installed and you are signed in. Open the app and tap menu > your account > “Notifications” > make sure they are turned on and all selected.
  • One Plus Blog – This one’s a bit tricky and a bit less effective than the previous 3 but it will still help. Go to the Google Play Store and download the app called RSS Junkie. This app will keep an eye on the RSS feed of the blog and has the functionality to notify you when it detects a new post. The notifications aren’t quite as fast as push but are “nearly realtime” as stated in the description. This is what I mean about it being the least effective option as sometimes the notification comes through almost an hour after the post has been posted! Open the app and manually add the feed for the One Plus blog. You can do this by adding the URL http://www.oneplus.net/blog/feed/ and tap “Add”. Once added tap Menu > “More” > “Settings…” > Make sure the box is ticked next to “Enable Notifications” and set your notification options like vibrate etc.

If set up correctly the above will enable you to automatically receive notifications whenever One Plus post new content The next few points are for you to check manually:

  • Instagram – Download and install the Instagram app on your smartphone/tablet. Sign in and follow the One Plus instagram account “@oneplustech“. Keep an eye on this account as they sometimes post pictures of a screen displaying an invite code. You never know you may be a lucky one!
  • Home screen shortcuts – (For this point I’m using the Android Chrome app on my S4, other browser apps may vary). Open chrome, type www.oneplus.net/blog into the address bar and go to the site. Tap Menu > “Add to home screen”, this will add a shortcut to your home screen. Do the same for https://forums.oneplus.net and log in using your One Plus account. Now you will have 2 very useful short cuts that will enable you to keep a close eye on what’s happening. I recommend checking the forums regularly, especially the “Announcements” and “The One”.

Now you have everything you need to be able to keep a track on One Plus’s social activities. Even though you will be receiving notifications for some, make sure you check all of it regularly as you never know what and when they are going to post. Look out for posts like “Keep and eye on the forums for a special event happening in the next 24 hours” and be prepared to drop what you are doing and get on your PC or device to buy your new One Plus One!

Make sure you interact with them and spark up conversation with them and other members across the social sites, you never know they might like you and just send you an invite of your own privately.

This is how I managed to get mine after months of waiting, now I just have the painstaking shipping to endure!

Let me know if it’s working or if it’s worked for you. Maybe you did something different? I’s love to hear about your experiences. Comment below and share your knowledge :)

Thanks for reading

 

Mark Robertshaw:

A great read for anyone wanting to learn more about bookkeeping :)

Originally posted on The Young Financier:

Bookkeeping at its best

“A double-entry bookkeeping system is a set of rules for recording financial information in a financial accounting system in which every transaction or event changes at least two different nominal ledger accounts.” This system has been around since the 14th century and was first published by Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar in the 15th century. Merchants in Venice were among the first to fully integrate their bookkeeping systems with this practice.

All of today’s popular bookkeeping and accounting software packages use the double-entry system which is far less exhausting than it was when entries were made in multiple journals with pens. The system is very effective and ensures the integrity of the bookkeeping with simple checks and balances. However, even with today’s software, errors can occur if the chart of accounts is not created accurately. There is also the element of human error that even with…

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Currently loving: Music – 15/01/2014

I am loving this song at the moment!

Click on the picture to go to YouTube to listen.

“Before I ever met you” by Banks

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Let me know what you think.

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Oh yes, it’s that time of year again, the beginning of the year where we all look back on last and wonder did we fulfil any of the promises we made to ourselves a year ago. I think there will be a common outcome of not likely!

If I’m honest I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions last year, I wasn’t in the best place and didn’t feel confident enough with myself to stick to them, however, things have changed in the months leading up to now and I am ready to start 2014 on a positive note, so this post will be about the new year’s resolutions I feel are real, achievable and essential as this year is the beginning of the rest of my life :)

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Resolution one – to finish what I have started.

I started a learn at home course on becoming a fully qualified bookkeeper back about 3 years ago. I am very proud to say I have completed 75% of it, however, I have failed to complete the rest of it because of a mix of work, play, holidays and most probably laziness.

The last part of this course is the manual part, which to be honest, I see no point in doing but it will enable me to get that other letter added on to the end of my name! The course is paid for and it’s on my desk, I just have to have the push to complete those 10 or so hours it will take to finish it, send it in and do the exam.

Resolution two – to start what I haven’t started.

I received an advanced driving course for for Christmas about 3 years ago and I still haven’t started it, mostly for the same reasons above. This year I will complete it

Resolution three – to better myself in the gym.

About 5 months ago I read a blog post about how you see yourself in 15 years time, and how difficult it will be to sort yourself out then instead of doing something about it now. This post was enough motivation for me to get myself on the right track for the rest of my life. I managed to lose enough weight to drop 2 trouser sizes and I felt so much better, so I started back at the gym.

One of the things that has improved in the recent months is my strength and confidence in my body and appearance. I have been working closely with my personal trainer Will (www.willpurdue.co.uk), focussing closely on my nutrition and my body weight exercises and things are at last starting to make a visible change for the better.

This resolution is to continue my work with Will and get a leaner and fitter body, one which I can be proud of.

Resolution four – to gain some independence.

I moved home back in August 2008 for a number of reasons, one of the main ones was to save up for my deposit which I will eventually use to buy my own house. The idea has worked well and I have enjoyed the luxury of living at home and I have completed what I have set out to do.

This is the year where I will be turning the big 3-0 and I think it’s time I started moving on with my life, even if it’s just down the road in Newbury, and as the banks aren’t lending money for mortgages like they say they are then I shall rent. I have already set up active searches for properties in the area where I want to live so here’s to moving on!

Resolution five – to become aware of my opportunities and act on them wisely.

I love working for the family businesses and hopefully one day I will be able to take them over and run them on my own, but just right now I want to keep an eye on other opportunities which may be of benefit to me. I need to get myself some “outside” experience in order to broaden my knowledge of the business world around me, get fresh ideas and inspiration. There is only so much I can do where I’m working at the moment and I need more!

I’m just going to keep my options open here, it’s a big step but I think it’s a step which will suit 2014 very well.

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These are my 5 new year’s resolutions for 2014, I believe they are achievable. They are resolutions which will help better myself this year and start my thirties off on a positive one!

I wonder if I’ll look back at these in 2015 and wonder what I was thinking? I hope not, I hope for once I complete what I set out to do.

Care to share any of your resolutions? Do you think you’ll stick to them? Let me know! Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading :)

My parents have recently each purchased an iPhone 5 and asked me to set them up. One of the most important things when changing mobile phones is transferring your contacts.  But Apple don’t make it very easy.

I’m an Android man, I have never owned an Apple device nor do I know much about how they work or behave. Which is probably similar to quite a few people out there. So I turn to good old Google for a bit of advice.

Hours of searching on Google turned up a lot of rubbish about how you can back up your contacts through iTunes (which doesn’t seem to be supported any more), or backing up to and managing them through Gmail or Yahoo Mail, which would be good if I wanted to do that, but I wanted to get them onto the iCloud so they can synchronise and constantly update from that source. So I had to get a little bit creative and I thought that I’d share it with you who may be wanting the same end result – transferring your contacts quickly and easily (for free) from your Blackberry device in bulk onto the iCloud, here’s how…..

You will need:

  • Your Blackberry device.
  • Your iPhone – this needs to be set up so it is backing up to your contacts to your iCloud account. Check your settings.
  • Your Blackberry USB cable.
  • Blackberry Desktop Software – if you don’t have this you can get it here.
  • A PC or laptop with Microsoft Outlook installed (I’m using Office 2007).
  • A Yahoo! account.
  • TextPad 7 Software – if you don’t have it you can get it here. I used version 7.0.9.
  • A cup of tea or a GnT if it’s after 6pm!

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Here it is ladies and gentlemen!

Watch, enjoy, share, be amazed! But most importantly Like it on YouTube and share it.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Harry Potter: The OMEn Chronicles

I thought I’d share this with you guys not just because it’s so cool, but for the amount of work that has gone into it by one guy. This is a short YouTube video called “Harry Potter: The OMEn Chronicles TEASER” by wrenthereaper. Check out his channel here.

This is a teaser video of what’s to come in September this year, I’m really excited to see what it’s like!

The video also stars 2 of my favourite YouTubers called Will and RJ. They are a couple who have recently moved to Los Angeles and make daily vlog videos for YouTube, very kindly allowing us into their everyday lives. Check out their channel here.

Let me know what you think!

 

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